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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs
VISUALS: Families, graduates from 110 countries to share
congratulations with hugs, kisses and tears; graduates
decorate caps and gowns with messages, flowers, cultural
San Francisco State University's 103rd Commencement
exercises, where more than 4,000 students among the 7,500
graduates will receive their degrees before a crowd of 20,000.
Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New
York and a former S.F. State faculty member who later became
president of Brown University, will receive an honorary
of doctor of humane letters and deliver the keynote speech.
State alumnus Willie L. Brown Jr., former mayor of San
Francisco, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.
State business Professor Gary Selnow will receive the President's Medal for Service for his efforts to rebuild
community and health care in countries disrupted by war,
conflict or rampant illness, including Iraq.
and CEO of online lender E-LOAN Chris Larsen is the SFSU
Alumnus of the Year. Antoinette
science grad and community volunteer with plans
to open a performing arts school in Oakland, is the
Delroy Lindo, who has appeared in such films as "The
Cider House Rules," "Malcolm X" and "Romeo
Must Die," will earn a bachelor's degree in cinema.
He has attended SFSU under a pseudonym and taken all of his
classes via correspondence.
standout students include: Armando J. Lemus Hernandez,
an immigrant of El Salvador and future
defied the odds after high school counselors
advised him to skip college;
Mary O'Donnell, a budding novelist and community activist
in her 70s who founded the first residential and detox recovery
home for women in Riverside County; and many others with
inspiring stories and plans to make a difference in the world.
WHEN AND WHERE:
Saturday, May 29. Procession begins at 12:20 p.m. in Cox Stadium,
located behind the Gymnasium on the SFSU campus (See attached
map). Commencement speeches begin at 1 p.m., and graduates
throw their mortarboards in celebration at about 2:15 p.m.
Reserved parking for credentialed media: located in front
of the SFSU Public Safety building on North State State Drive
(off Lake Merced Boulevard). From the parking area, walk to
the top floor of the parking structure, then proceed southeast
toward the main campus and Cox Stadium. Media interested in
covering Commencement are asked to contact the Office of Public
Affairs at (415) 338-1665 for media credentials prior to the
ceremony. Mult-box available.